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about michiganology, geography and more. he has written 12 adult nonfiction books, including america's hidden history, a nation rising, and don't know much about the american presidents. >> host: where did the "don't know much about" series come from? >> guest: the idea came from my own little brain, although it didn't start out as a series. it started out with the idea i loved american history. i wanted to write about it in a way that shared my enthusiasm for a subject that i've loved since i was small child. the title came, of course, from sam cook's wonderful song, which i knew from childhood, and so it got stuck in my head, and certainly the success of the book, which caught me by surprise more than anyone else, perhaps, led to the beginning of a series. geography followed, and then on and on it went from there. so, with no pretensions offing writing this book simply because i loved american history. i couldn't understand why people were poured by it, why we had surveys that said 17-year-olds don't know their american history, and i wanted to write something i thought would addre
books including america's hidden history: a nation rising, and his 2012 release, "don't know much about the american president." >> host: author kenneth davis, where did the don't know much series of books come from? where did that idea come from?th >> guest: well, the idea for the series came from my own little brain, although it didn't start out as aes series, peter. it really started out with the idea that i loved american history, i wanted to write about it, i wanted to write about it in a way that shared my enthusiasm for a subject i'dwa loved since i was a small title. a small child. the title came of course you and sam song, which i knew from childhood and so it got stuck in my head. and certainly the success of the book, which caught me by surprise more than anyone else perhaps led to the beginning of the series. she outgrew followed and on and on it went from there. so with no pretensions of writing a series of books, i didn't set out to write this book because simply a loved american history. i couldn't understand why we have these surveys that to 17-year-olds don't know their
's beginning in 1984 with the paper backing of america, they don't know much series started in 1991. about history was the first, don't know much about geography in 1992, don't know much about the civil war 1996. don't know much about the bible in 1999, don't know much about the universe in 2001, mythology and 2005, don't know much about anything came out in 2007, don't know much about anything else came out in 2008. america's hidden history in 2009, a nation rising and 2010. and then mr. davis returns with "don't know much about the american presidents," which is a brand-new book out this year. now i want to go to your second don't know much, and that is geography. mr. davis, who discovered america? >> guest: well, peter i have to interrupt for just a moment because you last one off the list and it's understandable. i did bring up with me. would like to primary sources. but this is my project about presidents, written when i was in third grade at the william h. holmes school in mount vernon, new york. of course name for washington famous plantation, but that had nothing to do with my inte
was the first great scientist exile to seek safe heart boar in america after being persecuted for his religious and political beliefs at home. next call for our guest, steven johnson, comes from phil in north hollywood. phil, thanks for holding. you're on booktv. good afternoon. good morning. >> caller: thank you so much. talk about serendipity, the reason i was calling first off because i was disagreeing to the fact much everyone stumbling over how wonderful the internet can be. i'm low-tech in a high-tech world, yet i have to admit my prejudice because i work at a printing museum in carson and my full-time job is as benjamin franklin where i'm researching, great actor's job incidentally, where i'm researching the 18th century and everything else down the line. priestly, that is how i stumbled upon you when i was checking out about priestly and there you were talking about jefferson and so forth. the internet. but i still maintain, as much as there's some wide range of wonderful things, i guess it is the old saw argument, that we all graph state towards our own own prejudice as opposed when i
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